Chaplains in Schools was founded in 2015 and disciples school families for Christ with the Lutheran message. CiS grew from connections with Christian Choice voucher schools in Milwaukee that had Lutheran roots or ties, but did not have Lutheran ministry reaching its staff, students, and families. During the 2021-2022 school year, CiS will have five chaplains serving 12 schools with more than 4,000 students, and will reach an additional 2,000 plus students by partnering with the Center for Urban Teaching's summer school program (also funded by Siebert).
Primary Focus: Faith Development Programs
Lutheran Affiliation: WELS
Operating Budget: $673,000
Programs: Chaplains in Schools share the Gospel with the staff and scholars and school families of Christian schools who had no active ministry reaching out to them. Recent ministry additions include planting a worshipping congregation at HOPE Fidelis on Mill Rd. and Sherman Blvd. (reaching approx. 400 people), working a Christian after-school program with Above the Clouds, and building the DiscipleShipment App (funded by Siebert) to better disciple school parents in a digital age. CiS' partner schools include: all of the HOPE School sites (six K-8 and one high school), Shining Star Christian Schools (in 2020-2021, three K-8 sites and one virtual school), the Above the Clouds Arts Program, and New Beginnings are Possible Community Service Ministry specializing in after-school and summer youth programming (also recently funded by Siebert via Lutheran Social Services).
Who is Served: The vast majority of school families in the current schools and the schools that will be reached in the next 9 years are African American within single parent families. Most of these families have not attained a college education and qualify for vouchers for their schooling and free/reduced lunch. Through research, it has been noted that 2/3 of these school families have no church home and are in need of a Christian faith community and to hear the Gospel. Urban Christian educators are also served spiritually.
Location: 2225 N. 1st Street, Milwaukee, WI 53212